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Manchester United ramp up talks for first summer signing… but it’s not Harry Kane

The Red Devils are ready to make their move

Manchester United are ready to step up their interest in Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund after being left frustrated in a move for Harry Kane this summer, according to reports.

The Red Devils have made the striker position their no.1 priority this summer, with Wout Weghorst set to return to Burnley after his loan spell at the club and the future of the injury prone Anthony Martial still uncertain after he picked up yet another issue that kept him out of the FA Cup final.

They were expected to push hard for Tottenham striker Harry Kane, with the England striker out of contract next summer and unlikely to renew in north London. However, Spurs are keen not to sell Kane this summer, and even more so to avoid selling to a direct Premier League rival, leaving United scrambling for alternatives.

One of those is Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund, who has caught the eye in his first season with the Serie A side, scoring nine times in the top flight to help his side secure Europa League football next season.

Still just 20-years-old, the Dane remains a raw talent, but the Mirror report that United are ‘stepping up their interest’ in signing the highly-rated youngster this summer in a bid to add firepower to their ranks.

They add that, following Tottenham’s refusal to part with Kane, Hojlund is ‘quickly emerging as a leading candidate and is available for around £40m’, though they anticipate that they may face competition from Chelsea for his signature.

“Now that you ask, I will not hide the fact that I am a huge Manchester United fan”, he explained earlier in the year.

“So personally, it would be one of the biggest things for me, but of course that doesn’t mean that I would turn down other big clubs if the offers come at some point.”

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Ben Browning

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